Wednesday Weekly Roundup


Last week I wrote a little over 9K which brings the yearly total to 488K. Another 12K and I’ll have reached my wordcount goal. I might reach it this week, or next week at the latest, wrapping up a project after I’m done with the Anthology Workshop assignment.

I guess Magical Friends was my last pre-order for the time being. Just when Smashwords introduces some pre-order goodies, or so they say, LOL! But this kind of thing doesn’t work for me (my one and only fan does get things in advance every now and then).

It was the 15th pre-order and like the previous 14 it hasn’t gathered any sales. So I’ll spare myself the hassle of pre-orders and getting Amazon reminders and all that jazz. I guess I’m not famous enough to have rabid fans eagerly waiting for my releases, therefore it’s one thing I can tick off the publishing list. Phew! πŸ™‚

Anyhow, it’s live now, so go grab it. The awesome mockup above was done with a Covervault template. I hope you enjoyed the characters’ interview and, in case you missed it, the backstage pass was all about those two – well, those stories, from childhood to adulthood. And the maps included on the book page will be in the paperback next year.

If you missed Cockygate and the Dragon Slayer trademark controversy, fear not! You have a summary here because yes! Some writer did it again! Trying to trademark a word! When will this madness end? Like someone says in the comments, here’s to hoping the judge fines the stupid author… and not in an alternate reality! πŸ˜‰

I’ve been reading some fiction, catching up on my TBR pile – made mostly of bundles – but I shall make my recommended reading post closer to the end of the year. Some of those bundles have short stories as well as novellas and novels, so I’m writing down the ones I like for future curated anthologies (next year at the earliest, not going to bother fellow writers during the Holidays!).

And since it’s the Holidays, I’ll have a bunch of guests over on Sundays, so stay tuned for the upcoming writers interviews! πŸ™‚

And if you wondered about the difference between WMG Business Masterclass and 20BooksTo50K, Kris Rusch explains the difference in the latest business post, along with how to raise the bar in your own way – which is on my to-do list of New Year’s Resolutions, by the way. Try new genres, try other things, still a little hazy, but hopefully it will soon be clear.

Finishing with another inspirational video: Kris Rusch on Perfection at 20Books! πŸ™‚ Have a great week!

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  1. Awesome about the word count! Go you!

    I saw Magical Friends was out, but haven’t grabbed it yet. Will do so soon though, as I’m sure you have no doubt. Then I’ll need to do a Barbathon and catch up on reading the books of yours I haven’t read yet. πŸ™‚

    I might play with the new presale thingy for my next release. It will be next year though, of course, since I don’t have anything ready to go right now. Doubt it will achieve much, but I’m considering trying it out with my next book anyhow, just so I can say I did.

    I loved the challenge of writing in a new genre I set myself with the pirate adventure story, even if it made working on it take longer. Definitely something I’d like to do again… Try writing in a different genre, I mean. Still for younger readers officially though, I expect, even if my biggest fans are actually people older than me. LOL!

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    • No rush whatsoever for the Barbathon (I like that word! πŸ˜‰ Hope more people will want to do that!), next year is just fine! πŸ™‚
      I enjoyed your pirate story, so yeah, we should both keep trying new roads, writing-wise. Scary, I know, but challenging oneself is healty.
      I might not be your biggest fan, but I am older than you, so I qualify, LOL!
      Here’s to 2020 and finding our readers and new ways of expressing ourselves through writing! πŸ™‚

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  2. Yes, it will most likely be first thing in the new year I do my Barbathon. Or maybe between Christmas and the new year. We’ll see. Either way, glad you liked the word. πŸ˜‰

    Not my biggest fan, but up there with the most loyal anyhow. Either way, I’m glad you enjoyed the pirate story. The person who is my biggest fan, who buys and reads my books even quicker than I generally buy yours, and even has multiple copies of some of them – and who, by the way, is about 10 years older than you – really enjoyed it too, so YAY!

    Yes, challenging ourselves is healthy. So let’s see how we can do that some more next year. πŸ™‚

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    • You know I can’t enjoy all your stories because I don’t like animal stories (or worse, talking animals), hence I’m limited to the faeries, dragons and pirates! πŸ˜€
      Happy reading and writing! πŸ™‚

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  3. Yeah, I know. It’s fine. πŸ™‚ Happy reading and writing to you too!

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